A career plan captures the career vision of an individual in a structured documented fashion. The career plan details your current skills and interests, knowledge gaps and career goals as well as detailed actionable steps with clear timelines to ensure that a desired outcome is achieved.
The following are 5 reasons why having a career plan is important:
There is Power in Writing Your Career Goals
Huffington Post describes the power of writing down your goals and dreams in one of its posts.
The article stated that Dr. Gail Matthews a Psychology Professor at Dominican University in California found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis.
This aligns with the biblical scripture in Habakkuk that speaks about writing the vision and making it plain. Therefore, creating a career plan is the first powerful step to ensuring that you achieve your career goals.
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Career planning produces clarity
Clarity is another major benefit of having a career plan. The process of reflecting on your current skills, interest and experiences forces you to get clear on the direction of your career.
This process helps you to identify your strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. It provides clear guidelines on what you need to be doing and in the appropriate order.
Career planning also ensures that you make better decisions. Any decision that does not align with your career plan should be dismissed. Decisions that help you achieve your desired outcomes can be readily embraced.
Career planning provides accountability
A career plan is not a one off document but it is a plan that must be regularly reviewed to ensure that the actions are still relevant and that they are completed based on the timeline.
Without clear deadline a task can drag on for much longer than needed. Deadlines therefore forces urgency which will help in moving your career along.
Career plan can assist your mentoring plan
If you are searching for a mentor, a career plan will help you in the process of finding a mentor. Since you are clear on where you are going, it easier to find someone who is on your path or who has walked along your desired path.
A career plan can also be a great starting point when you are having a first meeting with a mentor. The career plan therefore becomes the documented blueprint which guides the mentor mentee relationship.
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Career plan ensures career and personal development
Without a plan, it is easy to become stagnant and comfortable. A career plan ensures that you and I embrace a spirit of continuous learning and development.
Career planning is not one and done. It is a continuous process. This will ensure that you and I are always reflecting and hence growth will be achieved.
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Trust this post inspires you to create your career plan. Remember that writing out your vision is the first critical step to ensuring that your goals are achieved. There is no rush. So take your time and really listen to your heart. All the best!
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